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National Policy Liaison Specialist

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  • Post Date: December 17, 2020
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Job Overview

Closure Date: 31/Dec/2020, 12:59:00 AM
Organizational Unit: FRZIM
Job Type: Non-staff opportunities
Type of Requisition: NPP (National Project Personnel)
Grade Level: N/A
Primary Location: Zimbabwe-Harare
Duration: 12 months renewable
Post Number: N/A

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FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

Organizational Setting

FAO is implementing the European Union funded project “Transforming Zimbabwe’s Animal Health and Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS)/ Food Safety (FS) Systems for the Future” (SAFE) under the Zimbabwe Agricultural Growth Programme (ZAGP).  The project focuses on building the capacity for Animal Disease Control and Sanitary and Phytosanitary & Food Safety services in the livestock sector. The overall objective of the project is to transform Zimbabwe’s animal health, sanitary and phytosanitary/food safety systems for improved livestock productivity, food safety and consumer safety to enhance market access. The project is being implemented throughout the eight rural provinces of Zimbabwe from March 2019 to May 2022.

Reporting Lines

Working under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Zimbabwe, and in close collaboration with the head of operations, the lead technical officer and the National Project Coordinator, the Policy Liaison Specialist will provide expert technical support to the project implementation team (PIT).

Technical Focus

The technical areas/profiles covered will be as follows:

  • Formulation and review of livestock production & health and associated food safety policy
  • Compile and analyse information for evidence-based policy formulation
  • Policy communication, partnership, advocacy and influence
  • Knowledge sharing and capacity building

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Provide expert advice on all matters related to Policy and regulatory frameworks to the project team for smooth project implementation.
  • Work closely with Legal experts in the Ministries of Lands, Agriculture, Water and Rural Resettlement and that of Health and Child Care and the Animal Health Specialist, Livestock Specialist and the Food safety Specialists lead and guide the reviews of targeted policies, strategies and regulations.
  • Provide technical guidance on policy implications of the project interventions and help in fine tuning evidence generation and communicating with policy makers.
  • Collaborate and build healthy synergies between the public and private sectors for the establishment of sustainable Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) with specific reference to the relevant policies in the livestock and food safety services sectors.
  • Lead in the drafting and communication of evidence generated by the project interventions, draft and disseminate policy briefs and lessons learnt.
  • Contribute to the setting up of coordination platforms on animal production and health and food safety for raising awareness, advocacy and compliance to policy, regulations and guidelines.
  • Represent SAFE effectively in the ZAGP policy and communications working groups and other relevant policy and project communication initiatives
  • Participate in project monitoring and drawing up lessons learnt and course corrections.
  • Perform any other related duties as required


Minimum Requirements

Candidates should meet the following:

  • Advanced degree in agricultural or development economics, economics, rural development, or a related field.
  • At least ten years of relevant experience in the practical application of policy analysis in agricultural,  rural development and food safety issues, with specific reference to the Zimbabwean context.
  • Working experience in policy, partnership, advocacy and communication to influence change.
  • Working knowledge of English and local languages is an added advantage.
  • National of Zimbabwe.

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Networking
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Previous similar work on project/program working with government, NGOs, UN and private sector.
  • Extent and relevance of experience in formulating agricultural and rural development policies.
  • Extent of experience in dealing with senior government officials, development partners and beneficiaries in the context of policy and/or investment operations.
  • Good interpersonal relationships and strong communication skills.
  • Excellent English language proficiency, communication, facilitation and computer skills.


  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact: Careers@fao.org
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website: http://www.fao.org/employment/home/en/

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions. 


Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile.
We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
If you need help, or have queries, please contact: Careers@fao.org


Job Detail
  • Career LevelOther
  • QualificationDegree
  • Experience10-15 Years
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